About Richard

- Introduction -
I was born in Kansas City, Missouri in the United States of America on November 13th of 1989, but I moved to Illinois when I was still a baby. I lived on the Great Lakes Navy Base until I was 3, when we moved to Gurnee, IL where I've been ever since. 

- Who was Richard before drumming? Before YouTube? -
    As a kid growing up I was always the type to ask "Why?" or "How?" and try to learn how the world around me worked. During my middle school years I played baseball and basketball, and on my free time I would hang out with friends and skateboard, bike, and play video games. Once I hit my early teens, I got entrenched in the world of anime and comics and it has stuck with me ever since. 

    I first got interested in playing music in middle school. My school would occasionally have a speaker come in who would call an assembly and tell the student body about the music program, and lay out the details on cost, time involved, etc. to take home to your parents. I went through different phases where I wanted to play Saxophone, Trumpet, Flute, and even the French Horn. Unfortunately, I never had the opportunity to get into the music program, but my love and interest for music never went away. I remember as I got older into my teens going to concerts to see my favorite bands, thinking to myself that I'd love to be up there doing that... but at the time, it seemed like an unattainable dream.

     It wasn't until I had been in college for a couple semesters and needed to take some elective courses that I realized I might be able to finally learn something musically. At the time, I had been developing an interest in drumming and percussion and when I found out my college offered a class on it, I jumped on it. When I first began, I didn't even know how to hold the sticks properly. Luckily, my instructor was and is one of the greatest teachers and drummers I've ever known; David Jennings. With his help, what started as a simple curiosity and possibly a hobby turned into a passion that I wanted to make a career. Ever since my first lesson, I couldn't put my sticks down. Any free time I had I spent playing rudiments and trying to get better at my new found craft. 

    Although I was a "late bloomer" and began playing when I was 19, I learned fast and practiced my butt off. For the first 6 months I was learning how to play, I would usually play for about 6-7 hours a day and no less than 2. I was determined to be the best I could be, hoping that maybe someday I would reach that unattainable dream.